WSU DAY 18: Offensive line coming together

PULLMAN -- The Cougars came out in jerseys and shorts, but nonetheless were ready to compete. In particular, the offensive line appears to be rounding into form as Washington State rapidly approaches its Aug. 30 season-opener at Brigham Young.

"There's still some competition right now, but we've got a good idea who we're going to go in with," offensive line coach Clay McGuire said.

The Cougars' 18th practice of fall camp was used to work on situational drills that to help them prepare for BYU's strengths.

"It was the first time we've done a practice like this," McGuire said. "There was a bit of a learning curve. Hopefully they'll come in next week and know exactly what's expected and come through."

The first-team defense spent a majority of the day running against the scout team offense. Freshman quarterback Austin Apodaca has physical abilities similar to that of BYU senior quarterback Riley Nelson, so the Longmont, Colo., native led the team.

Apodaca and Nelson have similar mobility -- shifty quarterbacks who can make plays outside of the pocket. WSU looked to contain the athletic quarterback all day.

Conversely, the Cougars' first-team offense, led again by senior Jeff Tuel all day, practiced against the scout-team defense, game planning for BYU defense. Tuel threw a crisp ball all day, hitting his receivers in stride.

Coach Mike Leach was unavailable for comment following practice.

A walk-on report is expected to be available tomorrow. CF.C will have a full breakdown.

INJURIES:
  • Freshman cornerback Ray Ford did not participate.

  • Sophomore cornerback Brandon Golden did not participate.

  • Sophomore wide receiver Isiah Myers did not participate.

  • Junior linebacker Eric Oertel participated lightly.

  • Senior wideout Gino Simone participated scarcely Tuesday.

  • Freshman nose tackle Xavier Cooper did not participate, but looked to be regaining strength in his right ankle, showing good burst in workouts.

  • Junior linebacker Darren Markle did not participate.

  • Kristoff Williams did not participate all afternoon.

    Running with the 1s for the scrimmaging:

    OFFENSE
    LT- John Fullington
    LG- Matt Goetz
    C- Elliott Bosch
    RG- Jake Rodgers/Wade Jacobson
    RT- Dan Spitz
    QB – Jeff Tuel
    RB – Carl Winston/Teondray Caldwell/Leon Brooks
    X-WR – Marquess Wilson (Dominique Williams got some time)
    Y-WR – Andrei Lintz/Rickey Galvin
    Z-WR – Gabe Marks
    H-WR – Brett Bartolone (Simone ran a little with the 1s)

    DEFENSE
    LT- Matthew Bock
    NT- Ioane Gauta
    RT- Steven Hoffart (Travis Long rotated between BUCK and DE)
    BUCK- Travis Long
    SAM- Cyrus Coen (Oertel participated here and there)
    MIKE- Darryl Monroe
    WILL- Chester Sua
    CB- Nolan Washington/Daniel Simmons
    CB - Damante Horton
    FS- Taylor Taliulu
    SS- Deone Bucannon

    SPECIAL TEAMS
    LS Alex Den Bleyker
    P Mike Bowlin
    KO Bowlin/Furney rotation
    FG Furney
  • The team did not work on kickoffs or punt
    returns Tuesday.

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